To Your Health

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People with diabetes do not get to pick and choose when they want to deal with it. Diabetes is an ongoing disease that requires 24/7 work. But does having diabetes stop people from living their life to the fullest?

There are probably many different answers to that question. According to Ginger Vieira, the author of, “Dealing with Diabetes Burnout,” on a daily basis, she tries to balance three things: diabetes, life, and happiness.

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The American Red Cross reports that although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, less than 10 percent of that eligible population actually donate each year. Donations at high school and college blood drives account for as much as 20 percent of the supply during the school year, but during the summer months, these donors are not as accessible. When vacations disrupt other regular donors’ schedules, we are faced with a summer blood shortage.

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When I ask my health communication students to describe what childbirth is like, based on what they have seen on TV, they mention dramatic deliveries, perfectly clean newborns and instantly skinny mothers.

The unrealistic images my students are describing are a result of cultivation theory. The more we see something depicted, the more we believe that is the reality, especially if we don’t have any real experience to compare it to.

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If someone near you collapsed right now, would you be able to perform CPR? How about open heart surgery? This example is used by Heather Williams, a Substance Abuse Specialist at  Cape Girardeau’s Community Counseling Center  as she begins training a new group of Mental Health First Aid students.

I’m Brooke Hildebrand Clubbs, Director of Health Communication at Southeast Missouri State University and I recently became one of the one million people who have completed a Mental Health First Aid course.


May 17, 2017
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, since the pre-vaccine era, there has been more than a  99% decrease in mumps cases in the United States. However, outbreaks can occur when people are in a crowded environment.

Here on our campus, we recently had a mumps outbreak, with 54 confirmed cases. What are the mumps and how did they make a comeback in Cape Girardeau?